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Lubna Jerar Naqvi

Beating The Record

When someone succeeds in their vocation, it is only logical to reward them for a job well done and then give them incentives to encourage them make themselves still better at what they do. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Then what is the logic…

Test Fire

Both Pakistan and India have recently “successfully test-fired” several missiles capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads. Militarily, this is a great achievement, especially in a world where, apart from the US War on Terror,…

Death And Failure

Despite the mindless deaths occurring in the country in various forms of violence, the people were shocked out of its numbness at the recent suicide of a 13-year-old student in Karachi. There are two versions of this story: one that the boy…

Missing Transformers

Faisalabad is experiencing a sci-fi moment. Recently, several transformers – devices perched on electrical poles to change or transform electricity of one voltage to another voltage – have gone missing. If I could, I would concoct a…

Spare The Teacher

We often hear of students being brutally beaten up by teachers in Pakistan and we condemn the corporal punishment that has always been a part of our education system. But with reports of teachers’ beatings at the hands of their students…

Humanity For Sale

127 people perished in the Bhoja Air first flight, bound from Karachi to Islamabad on April 20 when it tried to land in a thunderstorm. As usual there was utter chaos as the victims’ relatives tried to find out what happened and get…

Junket Amid Tragedy

Before the president left for his “personal” one-day junket to India – ostensibly to pay homage to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in the form of $1 million for the upkeep of his shrine in Ajmer – I am sure he must have checked the list of ongoing…

Of Blind Spots

“LJN, I can’t make it to office today, firing in our area.” This SMS came early Monday morning from a dear friend. I rushed to switch on the TV, expecting last week’s rioting and killings in Karachi to have spilled into this week – this…

Gut Reaction

Recently, a couple of slaps resonated in the Subcontinent. One led to an apology, the other to an arrest. First we’ll talk about the slap and arrest. Last week, The Times of India, reported that West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata…

Happy Slapping

What’s with slapping and the PPP? PPP’s candidate for Tando Mohammad Khan PS-53 Waheeda Shah made headlines for slapping a polling officer/school teacher in a room full of people in front of cameras. The sole policeman stood calmly next to…